A 25-year-old female asked:
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baby spits up on and roots right away like nothing happened. what could be the cause of this? i burp him, hold him upright for 10 minutes or so

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
17 years experience Pediatrics
Reflex: Rooting is actually a newborn reflex. Yes, babies root when they are hungry but they also root when something or someone strokes their cheek. As long as baby is growing well and not fussy due to all the spitting up, random rooting is just fine.
Answered on Feb 7, 2015
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